After reading the press yesterday, our vote for Best Actress would have to be for Lennay Kekua who stars in “The Manti Te’o Story”. Alas she is not in the running – probably because she does not exist. Instead, we are left with a woman playing slightly unstable and a woman who is a spook with the CIA. Wait…that sounds a lot like whoever this Lennay Kekua woman actually may be. The Best Actress race, like the Best Actor race, is largely down to two: Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain. Both of these young beauties are accomplished actors. Even beyond these two frontrunners, this category is rich with interesting nominees and stories, including the youngest and oldest nominees in Best Actress category in Oscar history.
Leading Ladies – Nominee Analysis: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
It was only two years ago that Jennifer Lawrence burst onto the scene in Winter’s Bone. The role earned her critical acclaim, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She was only 20, and the second youngest nominee in the category in history. Now at 22, she is the leading contender for the Oscar. Intrade has Lawrence at 60.6%. She took home the Golden … Read the rest
Today is the BIG DAY!! Congratulations to all those who received nominations. For so many, this marks the achievement of a lifetime. But enough of the fluff – you are here to find out who is likely to win before everyone else!
Nine films qualified for Best Picture. Over the last few weeks, Lincoln was leading the charge. It is no surprise this Spielberg epic received the nomination. And, it is the current favorite with 41.1% probability of winning. The Weinstein Company, masters of Awards Season marketing and publicity, are never out of the race. Silver Linings Playbook is at 24.4%. And, Django Unchained received a nomination as well, but it’s running at under a 1% chance of winning. Without a Director nod for Tarantino, it’s an uphill battle. Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Les Miserables all have to fight the same battle. Their current probabilities of scoring a win are at 4.7%, 4.4%, and 3.8%, respectively. Amour and Beasts of Southern Wild both shocked some with their nominations for Best Picture and Director. Their probabilities of winning Best Picture are running at 10.0% and 5.3% for those films. Ang Lee scored a nomination for Life of Pi. … Read the rest
As promised, it is time for us to look closely at the Golden Globes nominations for the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Let’s start with the ugly – Our favorite Hollywood blogger, Nikki Finke from Deadline, wrote her “annual censure” of the Globes. We just can’t resist her beef with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, ”I refuse to treat these nominations with any seriousness.” Her criticisms are focused on the 85 member institution. In fact, she never even gets into the discussion of current nominees. Her colleagues at Deadline, however, are talking about the nominations, saying “HFPA Spreads Wealth As Tightest Awards Race In Years Accelerates.”
In fact, there are not too many surprises on the Best Picture front. Remember that the HFPA splits categories into two – one for Drama and one for Comedy / Musical. This means the Globes have 10 nominations to consider; and similarly, the Oscars can have up to 10 nominations for Best Picture as well. That said, there are a handful of nominations on the Globes list that we’d be surprised to see named on January 10th, largely from the Comedy / Musical list, starting with Salmon Fishing in … Read the rest
This just in…the Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees were released today. See the list below. And, stayed tuned for some analysis as the SAG date nears. Needless to say, this will impact our model when it comes to the Oscar Nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture!
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight)
Les Miserables (Universal Pictures)
Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)